Perceptions of incentives for participation: insights from joint forest management in India

Perceptions of incentives for participation: insights from joint forest management in India

The participatory approach in management of forests is now well established in forest
policies of many developing countries. Incentives for different groups to participate have
been argued by many to be desirable characteristics to promote participation. A key
challenge for government and donor agencies is to develop better understanding of the
incentives for different groups to be able to achieve and sustain their participation. Based
on a case study of a joint forest management (JFM) programme in the northern state
of Haryana in India, this paper highlights the relevance of understanding people’s perception of the incentives. It specifically examines three hypotheses related to perceptions of villagers about incentives offered under the JFM programme and relates them to their participation in joint management. It concludes that a better understanding is likely to help in improving project implementation at the local level and the design of participatory forest management programmes more generally.

Authors: Kumar, C.

Topic: forest management,participation,community involvement,perception,incentives

Geographic: India

Publication Year: 2007

ISSN: 1350-4509

Source: International Journal of Sustainable Development and World Ecology 14: 532-542


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